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Uncle Don

This is a series of pics from when we were at the family cottage in Michigan over the Fourth of July.

You have to know him to understand why everyone loves Uncle Don (my sister, Ruth's, husband).  I guess it means something that he's an elementary school teacher!
Here he is with third-generation kids.  My grandson, Nicholas, and his cousin, Audrey, can never get enough of him.  Neither can the rest of us.

Every family needs an Uncle Don!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Uncle Don

This is a series of pics from when we were at the family cottage in Michigan over the Fourth of July.

You have to know him to understand why everyone loves Uncle Don (my sister, Ruth's, husband).  I guess it means something that he's an elementary school teacher!
Here he is with third-generation kids.  My grandson, Nicholas, and his cousin, Audrey, can never get enough of him.  Neither can the rest of us.

Every family needs an Uncle Don!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (24)

I love that: Every family needs an Uncle Don!
Ginnie Hart: It's true, Mary! smile Thanks.
You can see the admiration the kids have for him. I love the clouds in this photo, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Karen, it's true. They really do admire Uncle Don. Thanks.
  • Kay
  • my couch
  • 23 Jul 2007, 02:58
Lovely image, Ginnie! Were you in another boat when you took this picture? I am loving these pictures of your family.
Ginnie Hart: I was standing on the dock, Kay, when I took this pic and loved following the boat with my camera.

Thank you much for your support of this series. I really have gone back-n-forth in my mind about it. Very strange.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Jul 2007, 07:52
There! You have prompted me. I have posted a family image.

This is an excellent series, Ginnie. Lovely, candid family images, plus you are showing off the environment of your family cottage so well.
Ginnie Hart: I saw your pic, Ray, and loved it! Well done.

Thanks for your support, Ray!
I agree with Ray ..this is such a nice series
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for saying so, Shakara.
You can just imagine what the kids are saying.... Go faster Uncle Don lovely Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth, Tracy. The kids were giggling all the way...until tomorrow's pic!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 23 Jul 2007, 09:42
Aren't you glad I chased him down? He couldn't run fast enough. I said, "I have to have an Uncle Don" and I caught him.

It's funny to remember back to 1977 when I caught him and didn't let him go, and I took him to the cottage the first time. Rather than sit with the adults, he spent most of the time playing with the kids.

Didn't those clouds just present a lovely backdrop? Love the photo.
Ginnie Hart: Don't you just love going back and remembering all of that!

Thanks, Ruth!
great clouded sky in the back.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
Hi Ginnie...sorry haven't dropped by for some time...love how you composed this shot. Especially like how you've captured Uncle Don's smiling face....no wonder people like him, esp. kids! B-)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, H. We all really do love him to death!
Very Nice clouds on the back of the picture smile . Is this photo made in the evening? Michigan is a real 'water'-state, isn't it? Reminds me a bit at Holland/ the Netherlands. In Wich state where you born?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Tim, this is during the early evening as the sun is ready to set. And yes, Michigan has many lakes! Did you know that there's a city named Holland in Michigan, on Lake Michigan? Some of my siblings and other relatives live there. So yes, the state is a lot like the Netherlands! smile

I was born in Virginia but grew up in Michigan!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Jul 2007, 13:08
Those clouds need some serious attention. Suggestion - a crop with less foreground (forewater?) that will bring both uncle Don and the clouds nearer. A little bit of fiddling with contrast should be good for the clouds as well.

Great picture as it is, but ah those clouds ...

PS. where is uncle Don's life jacket??
Ginnie Hart: I look at this pic now, Louis, and can't believe I even posted it. I fiddled with it and reposted it many times because I was attempting something I was learning from Martin and think I may have even ended up with the wrong version. But I left for Hannover yesterday before knowing I needed to correct it. So it's my embarrassment, more than it is your disappointment! Trust me on that!

You win some and you lose some...and thanks for being candid! Hopefully you'll like tomorrow's better!
Looks like fun. I can see why the kids like this.
Ginnie Hart: What a memory (one I never had at their age!). Thanks, Martin.
looks like a very happy scene...like those pink clouds in the distance...
Ginnie Hart: Very happy indeed, Sam. Thanks.
  • nev
  • australia
  • 23 Jul 2007, 15:48
i love the emotion the shot evokes in Ruth. That what really makes a great family photo.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Neal! Thanks.
I am really enjoying the scenes and stories from your summer reunion.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Red Pen. Thanks.
lovely shot, does skies are amazing
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dotun.
...and all's well with the world. Satisfying image.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly. Thanks, Chad!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 23 Jul 2007, 20:29
They all seem to be having a great time...no wonder... with an "uncle Tom", a boat and such a beautiful to place to look at, they have to be happy smile
Wonderful colours on this lovely moment!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Lina.
  • blackdog
  • In Bath on dial up
  • 23 Jul 2007, 20:36
Great pink in the clouds and a good composition - like the way the colours have been picked up on the water. Red jackets / grey water, say no more - perfect recipe. Mike

PS It looks like they are all having a great time - I am really envious! M
Ginnie Hart: You are kind to say this, Mike, but the colors aren't what I expected after I loaded this. I feel like I need to re-do this one. But still, it had a special feel to see this trio far enough away to get the "ethos" of the lake in as well. Thanks as always for your comment.
Love the clouds Ginnie - they make the picture. I'm thinking you all had way too much fun at your get together. Aren't families great!! David.
Ginnie Hart: These family times mark our year, time and time again, David! I know you understand.
I don't know about the clouds making the picture, it's what's going on between Uncle Don and the kids in the boat that draws me. Everything in this picture - weather, surroundings, people tells me that it was a great family day. Lovely detail on the water too.
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, Jose Ann. You clearly "understand" this pic. smile
Sometimes looking at my own pics it's almost like the background feels like beeing pasted in, like the object is standing in front of a bluescreen. It is like that in this pic. It doesn't damage the pic, I just find it facinating.

They seem to have a smashing time (can you say that in English to a pic like this?) smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, a smashing time even works for us Americans, Aksel. grin

The bluescreen idea is interesting. I do remember thinking this pic would be so easy to "manipulate" because of those clouds. But surprisingly, I worked it every which way and STILL am not happy with it. At least I still have the original to come back to later and may find a solution? Thanks, Aksel, for your kind words.
Nice moment of life, I like !!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, as always, Zeb, for your support.
The texture, the tones and mainly the colors, me have remembered some of the photos of Louis. To that it can have?
Ginnie Hart: Awww. I'm honored that you are reminded of Louis, Jose. That's a very high compliment! Thank you.

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